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Year Four

Well, that concludes year four of 31 Covers in 31 Days. Be sure to tune in/subscribe at http://www.youtube.com/billythekidofficial. Here’s a full list along with the links for all the videos from this year’s 31 Covers in 31 Days project. Thanks again for watching/sharing/commenting…you really help make it worthwhile!

Day 1: My Wrecking Ball by Ryan Adams

Day 2: Scared at Night by Kathleen Edwards

Day 3: Found Out About You by Gin Blossoms

Day 4: In the Garage by Weezer

Day 5: This Love by Taylor Swift

Day 6: Malibu by Hole

Day 7: I Will Follow You Into the Dark by Death Cab for Cutie

Day 8: The Truth About Love by Blackpool Lights

Day 9: Pink Champagne by Kathleen Edwards

Day 10: Copied Keys by Kathleen Edwards

Day 11: The Only Thing by The Hold Steady

Day 12: Cat Heaven by Jets to Brazil

Day 13: World’s Greatest Haircut by Kaia

Day 14: Fade Into You by Mazzy Star

Day 15: Under the Streetlights by Northcote

Day 16: Jacksonville Skyline by Whiskeytown

Day 17: Helpless by Neil Young

Day 18: St. Swithin’s Day by Billy Bragg

Day 19: Chimes and Churchbells by Attack In Black

Day 20: Nothing to Prove by Chuck Ragan

Day 21: The Waiting by Tom Petty

Day 22: House Full of Empty Rooms by Kathleen Edwards

Day 23: Elephant by Jason Isbell

Day 24: Landslide by Fleetwood Mac

Day 25: Get Lost by Beach Slang

Day 26: Jackson Cage by Bruce Springsteen

Day 27: Everywhere by Fleetwood Mac (Sung in the style of Chrissie Hynde/Pretenders)

Day 28: Money Changes Everything by Cyndi Lauper

Day 29: Brooklyn by Jesse Malin

Day 30: I Was A Teenage Anarchist by Against Me!

Day 31: Thank You by The Descendents

Day 31 of 31 Covers in 31 Days

if you know me, you know that I secretly wish all these songs were Ryan Adams songs. Here’s one for old time’s sake.

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Why I’m Learning 31 Ryan Adams Songs in 31 Days

Last January (if you were around then) you might remember I made 31 cover videos in 31 days with Joe McMahon from Smoke or Fire.

It started (like many things) with a conversation at a bar.

I was thinking about New Years Resolutions (if you know me you know I like this kind of thing) and talking about what I wanted to achieve in 2012. One of the things that came to mind was that I wanted to be a better musician. It always bothered me that I never learned many of other people’s songs (even “the classics” haha) and any time I was at a party or around a group or musicians I could rarely join in and “jam” because I didn’t know many of the popular cover songs that most people who pick up instruments learn at some point. I attributed it to thinking myself more of a writer, who always liked making up stuff instead of learning other people’s stuff. It occurred to me that it would be a great exercise in focus and music making to learn a new song every single day.

2013 was approaching and I was trying to decide what my resolutions would be. Last year I didn’t eat a french fry for a whole year. A whole year!!! I quit coffee, drinking and dark chocolate. Just kidding. I will never quit dark chocolate. Ever.

Once again I was thinking about music, and what it meant to me, and how I could get better at it. I thought of doing another 31 covers and the idea really excited me. This time, I would be picking all the songs, and I wanted to pick songs that meant a great deal to me and that I respected from the point of songwriting and composition. Almost all the early choices were Ryan Adams songs. Then I thought…why don’t I see if I can learn 31 Ryan Adams songs in 31 days? Aside from him thinking I am a total lunatic, what do I have to lose? As far as writing and performing goes you could say there’s no other that tops Ryan in my books. I still don’t really know why but the guy can do no wrong in my eyes. As a fan I feel like I’m pretty much ruining these pretty much perfect songs but, it has been a great exercise in discipline and concentration to just do my best, go to bed, wake up and learn a new song. I am grateful these songs exist and I am looking forward to sharing my favourites with you whether you are already familiar with Ryan’s catalog or this is your first introduction. If you have any questions or requests please do not hesitate.

Happy New Year,
bil.

Week One of the Videos:






Week Two: http://billythekidonline.com/site/2013/01/week-two-of-31-ryan-adams-covers-in-31-days/
Week Three: http://billythekidonline.com/site/2013/01/it-is-whiskeytown-week-here-at-31-ryan-adams-covers-in-31-days/
Week Four: http://billythekidonline.com/site/2013/01/week-for-of-31-ryan-adams-covers-in-31-days/

what. a. week.

just got back from seeing Ryan Adams in Baltimore. Ok ok you all know he’s my all time favourite song writer of ever.

check this out…

omg

omg

ya.

i know.

i may have cried a little when this tweet came in. followed by lots of jumping up and down and yelling.

In other news:

Just announced…February 18th the Southside Boys and I are opening for the Lemonheads !

May 18-20th I will be in Montreal playing Pouzza Fest. Keep an eye on their website for the schedule.

Hot Water Music, Less Than Jake and the Dwarves are also playing this year.

This weekend Billy + Joe have 3 shows in Boston. January 24th we’re playing in New York at Pianos at 7pm then 8pm the Southside Boys and I will do our set. More shows and information at http://billythekidonline.com/site/tour/

what a week.

what a year.

what a life…

“What’s money? Man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do.” – Bob Dylan